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Colorado wildland firefighter dies at wildfire in Oregon

Collin Hagan, 27, was assigned to the Craig Interagency Hotshot Crew. He was critically injured when he was struck by a tree.

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Oregon — A wildland firefighter assigned to a hotshot crew in Craig died on Wednesday while fighting the Big Swamp Fire in Oregon.

Collin Hagan, 27, of Toivola, Michigan, was struck by a tree and critically injured near Oakridge, Oregon, according to the Douglas County (Oregon) Sheriff's Office. Hagan was assigned to the Craig Interagency Hotshot Crew.

EMS personnel responded to the scene shortly after 12:30 p.m. Despite lifesaving efforts, Hagan succumbed to his injuries.

Hagan's body was flown by medical helicopter to the Roseburg Regional Airport. Firefighters from the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Roseburg Fire Department and Douglas County Fire District were there honor him, then provided an escort to a local funeral home.

“It is a sad day in public safety.” said Sheriff John Hanlin. “On behalf of the men and women of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, I extend my heartfelt sympathies to Firefighter Hagan’s family, friends, co-workers and all who knew this brave young man.”

As of Thursday, the Big Swamp Fire was 117 acres.

Credit: Photo courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service
Collin Hagan

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